Since 1928 Thingvellir is a national park, one of Iceland’s three national parks. The area will always belong to the Icelandic people, by law.
The park has a very beautiful and special environment, it’s for example situated between the border of the North American and Eurasian continental plates. The area often falls victim to earthquakes, and the place is very much living its own life. Almannagjá (Thing men’s canyon) is a canyon in the area, which is still expanding, approximately 5 mm every year!
When I was visiting the park, which is part of the “Golden Circle” along with Geysir and Gullfoss, I didn’t get to experience any earthquakes, and neither did I get to see how the canyon was growing in front of my eyes, but I did, however, with my own eyes get to see an absolutely magically wonderfully beautiful nature. I was almost paralyzed by the beauty around me, but somewhat disturbed by the Canadian lady in the purple menopause hair, who babbled as if she was being payed per word. The fact she liked my orange hair I almost took as an insult…
Is orange the new purple for menopause hags around the world?
The day in question was very foggy, and mostly gray. I wasn’t bothered however, I was too blessed to care. The sky was incredibly dramatic and I managed to get some magical photos after all.
Back in the days – a very important area…
The park isn’t only magical, visually speaking, but it’s also an historical site, and very important to the Icelandic people. As early as 930 the Thing was established in the area. While it’s still today active it’s considered the world’s oldest existing parliament. Apart from a short period during the 19th century it’s been active since day 1.
In 2004 Thingvellir was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today Iceland has 2 World Heritage Sites, and the other one is Surtsey, a volcanic island.
Thingvellir is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country, and it’s still free of charge, and will probably remain that way. Forever. The Icelandic people hate to pay for things nature has given them for free. Another positive thing about Iceland.
For all of you who has a trip to Iceland planned, don’t forget to pay a visit to Thingvellir! I have already added it to my next trip to the country, and the next…